Quick visit to Roger's Gardens, Orange County's premier destination nursery
I just got back from a quick trip to Southern California to drop daughter #2 off at college (again). Traffic through the Los Angeles area was busier than at the end of March when we picked her up—and shelter-in-place ordinances had just gone into effect—but not as bad a pre-COVID days.
I did manage to carve out time for a few plant-related outings. The first one was to Roger's Gardens in Corona del Mar (essentially Newport Beach). Roger's Gardens has a storied history. From the beginning, it's been more than just a business selling plants. Today, its motto is “Discover, Experience, Connect,“ and its inventory is as heavy on home decor as it is on plants. A well-loved restaurant focusing on locally sourced foods and seasonal boutiques round out the offerings that make Roger's Gardens a destination for shoppers from Orange and neighboring counties.
Newport Beach is one of the wealthiest communities in California (their striking Civic Center is a succulent wonderland), and Roger's Gardens is clearly targeting the well-heeled local clientele. As they say, if you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it. I'm only half joking.
Having said that, here are some grab shots from my quick visit to Roger's Gardens last Tuesday afternoon:
|All garbage cans should look like this! Of course, there's no telling how long they would remain this pristine out in public.|
|Out of all the containers, I liked these the best|
|I love the use of Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt' and Casuarina glauca 'Cousin It' (note the difference in spelling) as groundcovers in this installation. Another Dustin Gimble piece on the left.|
I'm primarily interested in plants, so Roger's Gardens isn't exactly my kind of store. Having said that, I do enjoy visiting whenever I'm in the area. I even bought a few things: a six-pack of variegated nasturtiums and a 4" Dudleya hybrid. And I only spent $11.
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